Rodrigo Orgóñez

Rodrigo Orgóñez (1490 – 26 April 1538) was Spanish captain under Diego de Almagro.

Born in Oropesa, Rodrigo participated in the Italian Campaigns. He accompanied Francisco de Godoy from Nicaragua when they joined Diego's men in reinforcing Pizarro during the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire.[1]: 219, 222 

He proved his loyalty serving as a soldier for 5 years before he was made second in command to conquer and govern the southern portion of the Incan Empire.[1]: 381  He helped Almagro in his 1537 coup d'état in Cusco leading the group that surrounded the Amaru Cancha Palace capturing Hernando Pizarro and Gonzalo Pizarro.[2]: 256  He later led an army against the Pizarros but was killed in 1538 during the Battle of Las Salinas.[2]: 263–267 

American historian William H. Prescott wrote: "Thus perished as loyal a cavalier, as decided in council, and as bold in action, as ever crossed to the shores of America."[2]: 265 

See also


  1. ^ a b Leon, P., 1998, The Discovery and Conquest of Peru, Chronicles of the New World Encounter, edited and translated by Cook and Cook, Durham: Duke University Press, ISBN 9780822321460
  2. ^ a b c Prescott, W.H., 2011, The History of the Conquest of Peru, Publishing, ISBN 9781420941142

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